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EXPERTISE
History - General
History - Social
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BIOGRAPHY
Katrina Gulliver holds a PhD in history from Cambridge, and has worked at universities and museums in the US, UK, Germany, Singapore and Australia.

Her first book, Modern Women in China and Japan, discussed the development of feminism and modernity in the 1920s and 30s. Her research interests include Southeast Asia and the Pacific, and the development of port cities. She has taught courses on the histories of Asia since the spice race, urban history, and the development of policing and forensics. She is also the co-editor of the ‘Pacific Worlds’ series from the University of Nebraska Press, covering the histories and cultures of the Pacific. She is the creator of the podcast Cities in History, which is used in college classrooms around the world.

Katrina’s articles and reviews appear regularly in The Spectator and Slate, and she has written for TIME, The Atlantic, The American Conservative, Reason, and The Weekly Standard. Currently she is working on a history of urban life. Follow her on twitter @katrinagulliver.


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PRESENTATIONS
1. The Klondike Gold Rush
How this rush to one of the most remote parts of the world changed the economy. References to Jack London, Call of the Wild, etc.

2. Pacific Exploration
How European explorers completed the map of the Pacific - c.1600s-1800s.

3. Around the World in 72 Days
In 1872, two intrepid female journalists, Nelly Bly and Elizabeth Bisland, were sponsored by their publications (The New York World and Cosmopolitan) in a race around the world, finishing in Japan. Readers around the world followed their telegraphed updates, as they tried to beat Phineas Fogg's fictional 80 day journey - and each other.

4. Geisha - myth and reality
What is the daily life of a geisha today?

5. Who were the Samurai?
What role did this group play in Japanese society, and why are they so important to Japanese culture.

6. The California Gold Rush
How this rush to one of the most remote parts of the world changed the economy. References to travel across the Pacific (including via Hawaii), development of California.

7. Captain Cook and Hawaii
How Captain Cook - who eventually died in Hawaii - was important in sharing knowledge of the "Sandwich Islands".

8. Why does the Hawaiian flag have a Union Jack on it?
The history of Hawaii as a sovereign nation, before its annexation by the USA. How and why King David modernised his nation and tried to remain independent.

9. Foods of the Pacific
How did the Macadamia come to Hawaii? Why is Pineapple Pizza called "Hawaiian"? What is Poi? and Why does Everyone Eat Spam here?

10. The Spanish Galleon Trade how this trade link, between Manila and Mexico, shaped the cultures of the Pacific Rim.

8. Tiki Culture - considering how the mid-century fashion for tiki style bars (Trader Vic's), drinks, and decor became mainstream.

9. Whaling in the Pacific: Beyond Moby Dick. How whalers were part of America's seaborne shift to the Pacific in the 19th century.
CRUISE HISTORY / EXPERIENCE
Previous experience as resident historian on Viking Ocean cruises.
RECENT PAST CRUISES COMPLETED
The following recent Cruise History has been recorded for this candidate.
SHIP REF CRUISE DESCRIPTION NIGHTS SAILING FROM DEPARTURE DATE
Viking Orion OR190421 Far Eastern Horizons 14 Hong Kong Sunday, April 21, 2019
Viking Orion OR190407 Southeast Asia & Hong Kong 14 Bangkok (from Laem Chabang) Sunday, April 7, 2019
Viking Orion OR190326 Bangkok, Bali & Beyond 12 Bali Tuesday, March 26, 2019
Viking Star ST181122 Cuba, Panama & the Pacific 21 Miami, Florida Thursday, November 22, 2018